Students from Freedom High School and East Burke High School jumped behind the wheel recently to learn about the risks and the dangers of distracted driving, more specifically texting while driving.
According to the News Herald, this demonstration was filled with both drunk driving and texting while driving courses. Students were also able to see what a sobriety checkpoint was like, thanks to the Morganton Department of Public Safety and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Driver’s education teacher Mario Lowery decided to add texting while driving education into the school’s driving course. He said that he always noticed lessons involving drunk driving, but never distracted driving.
“Texting and driving is definitely something that belongs to our generation,” explained a student. “Older generations learned to drive before phones even had the ability to text.”
Our Morganton car accident lawyers understand that car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. They also make up the group of drivers who are most likely to engage in distractions behind the wheel. It’s not a hopeless road though. With thorough education and training we can help to get these young drivers to pay more attention to the road.
The problem is that most teen driver courses only focus on drunk driving and talking on a cell phone while driving. Not many focus on texting while driving, which is a growing problem among this young age group.
In the state of North Carolina, drivers under the age of 18-years-old are prohibited from using a hand-held phone. All drivers are prohibited from text messaging while driving, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You can get a $100 fine if you’re busted breaking these laws. But just because there are laws does not mean that the driving public is listening. Education is one effective way to get the message of these dangers across!
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, about 120 teenagers were killed in 2011 because of distracted driving car accidents. And those are only the accidents in which a distraction was observed. Officials believe there were many more in which a driver didn’t fess up to engaging in distractions.
In just 2010, there were more than 3,000 people who were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver. Another 415,000 people were injured in these accidents, too. They all could have been prevented as well. Drivers just need to pay more attention to the road and less to those electronics. When you text and try to drive at the same time, you’re nearly 25 times more likely to get into a serious accident.
Parents are urged to get in on the education, too. Talk with your teen driver. Make sure they’re aware of the state’s distracted driving laws along with the dangers and the risks that are associated with distracted driving.
Call the Lee Law Offices today if you or your teen driver has been injured in a car accident in either North or South Carolina. Call for a free and confidential consultation. 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Teens Beware of Drowsy Driving Risks this Summer, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 28, 2012
Car Accidents in Greensboro and Elsewhere Targeted with New Incentives Bill, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 10, 2012